Lukas James Thomas; born June 25, 2001 at exactly 10am, after just 30 minutes of labour.
A quiet achiever
Luey Blue is our little star. You can always find him in a crowd - he's right there in the middle! People are simply drawn to him. He loves a good joke, a funny story, a lark! At the same time, he has a dark and serious side to him. He takes justice VERY seriously, both for himself and for others. He reads voraciously. He has a sense of dedication and responsibility beyond his years, and never seeks adulation for his personal achievements. On the other hand, he's a born performer and entertainer and loves an audience to play to, to delight and make laugh! He is our enigma, both fierce and delicate, funny and serious, the performer AND the behind the scene man!
Then last night the boys told me they were having a free dress day at school to raise money for 'Mali the Elephant' - who turned out to be a paper maché statue which the children will paint and then show around the council before it comes back to the school to stand outside the performing arts room.
Then this morning I followed a link from Twitter to Toushka Lee's blog and read this post about an elephant orphanage in Sri Lanka.
This morning the Grumpy Old Man did another driving test and unfortunately didn't pass. We've booked his next test and are looking forward to that now. About ten minutes before he walked in the door I saw this poster on Facebook...
At the time, I didn't know if the Grumpy Old Man had been successful or …
As the boys are growing up, we have more times when the house is quiet. The youngest will be asleep. One will be reading, one will be playing on his computer with headphones on, one will be painting and there is stillness.
Sometimes, even that is not enough.
Sometimes I crave being alone, with no possibility of someone suddenly realising they have to tell me something important or ask me a question or even just crash about in the kitchen.
Sometimes I crave S P A C E, lots and lots of space, being able to walk from room to room without encountering another soul.
This is how I felt when I woke up this morning, so instead of getting ready for work, I decided to stay home. Get up, but not go anywhere, no hear the sound of my own voice, or anyone else's.
I think this might just be part of getting older. After a lifetime of chasing after other people and trying not to be alone, my mind and body is full of thoughts, experiences, feelings, and busy-ness …
A few days ago a Facebook friend posted the above poster on her wall. I believe she got these points from this blog which she enjoys reading, and the bloggers on the Marc and Angel Hack Life blog derived their discussion of these points from this book, available on Amazon - you're welcome! I have to admit, I haven't read the blog or the book I've just mentioned but wanted my readers to have access to the sources of the poster for their own reflective purposes.
The New Year will be upon us in but a few days and I thought this a great opportunity to do a little personal assessment on how I'm playing the happy game. I'm often not very happy at all - I don't need to be happy all the time, let me just say that up front - I personally believe that life is a balancing act and those who seek euphoria often will also often feel desolation because in all things there must be balance. The great riches of the few on this planet come at the personal cost of the many as is …